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This information describes the virtualization technologies that are available.
|Offering||Express Edition||Standard Edition||Enterprise Edition|
|Maximum number of logical partitions offered||3 per server||1000 per server||1000 per server|
|Management offering||VMControl, IVM||VMControl, IVM, HMC||VMControl, IVM, HMC|
|Virtual I/O server||Offered||Offered (Dual)||Offered (Dual)|
|N_Port Virtualization (NPIV)||Offered||Offered||Offered|
|Multiple shared processor pools||Not offered||Offered||Offered|
|Multiple shared storage pools||Not offered||Offered||Offered|
|Thin provisioning||Not offered||Offered||Offered|
|Live Partition Mobility||Not offered||Not offered||Offered|
|Active Memory™ Sharing||Not offered||Not offered||Offered|
|Machine||Express Edition feature||Standard Edition feature||Enterprise Edition feature|
|8231-E1C and 8231-E2C||5225||5227||5228|
|8231-E1D, 8231-E2D, or 8268-E1D||5225||5227||5228|
PowerVM® Editions (also referred to as PowerVM) is activated with a code, similar to the way that capacity is activated on IBM® Systems and IBM eServer™ hardware.
When you purchase a PowerVM Editions feature, a code is provided that can be entered on the Hardware Management Console (HMC) to activate the technology. You can enter PowerVM activation codes by using the Integrated Virtualization Manager (IVM).
When you share Mobile Capacity on Demand (CoD) resources among servers in a Power® Enterprise Pool, the pool must be in compliance with your CoD licensing agreements.
The resource entitlements for the pool are procured through your CoD licenses, which include a grace period for overuse of these resources. The resource entitlements for the pool must synchronize with the actual usage of those resources. You can temporarily overuse the Mobile CoD pool resources. However, the grace period in your licenses restricts this overuse. When resources are in use beyond the grace period, those resources are overdue and the server is out of compliance with the CoD license. Compliance policies for the Power Enterprise Pool are based on your CoD licenses and these policies enforce resource availability and usage restrictions for the pool.
The Mobile CoD resource compliance of the servers in the pool determines the compliance state of the pool itself. A server is in compliance if the server does not have any unreturned Mobile CoD resources.
When Mobile CoD resources that are removed from a server become unreturned, a grace period timer starts for the unreturned resources on that server. There is a separate grace period timer for unreturned Mobile CoD processors and for unreturned Mobile CoD memory on each server.
Before a server grace period expires, you must release the unreturned Mobile CoD resources and make them available for the server to reclaim. If a resource remains unreturned after the end of the grace period, the pool is out of compliance. When the pool moves to the out of compliance state, a new grace period timer starts for the pool itself. There is only one grace period timer for the pool. If any servers have overdue Mobile CoD resources when the pool grace period expires, add operations for Mobile CoD resources are restricted to servers with unreturned Mobile CoD resources. This restriction is enforced until there are no servers in the pool with overdue unreturned Mobile CoD resources.
When a server in a pool is out of compliance, or the pool is out of compliance, console messages are displayed on the HMCs that manage the pool.
To avoid compliance issues, ensure that Mobile CoD resources are released on a server before you remove the resources from that server. Also, do not remove Mobile CoD resources from a server that is not connected to the master HMC for the pool.
If you want to overuse your Mobile CoD resources when migrating partitions, ensure that all Mobile CoD resources removed from the source server are released and reclaimed by the source server as soon as the migration completes. If the migration fails, immediately remove the Mobile CoD resources added to the destination system and add them back to the source system.
If the server is not connected to the master HMC for the pool, you must establish a connection from the master HMC to that server. After you reestablish the connection, if any unreturned Mobile CoD resources remain on the server, take one of the previously stated actions to release them. If you cannot reestablish this connection, you can add Mobile CoD resources to the server to resolve the unreturned resources.
After you obtain your Power® Enterprise Pool configuration file from IBM, you can create and update the Power Enterprise Pools by using the Hardware Management Console (HMC).
You can create a Power Enterprise Pool by using the HMC.
To create a Power Enterprise Pool, from the master HMC select Systems Management > Power Enterprise Pools, then click Create Pool.
When you update the configuration of a pool, the HMC validates the sequence number in the current configuration file. This sequence number must be greater than, or equal to, the sequence number in the last file that was used to create or update the pool. If the current sequence number does not meet this requirement, the update fails. You must obtain the latest configuration file for the pool and update the pool again.
The latest configuration file for a Power Enterprise Pool is available on the Capacity on Demand (CoD) website.
After you create your Power Enterprise Pool, all Mobile CoD processor resources and Mobile CoD memory resources are allocated to the pool. You must use the HMC to allocate Mobile CoD resources to the servers in the pool. You do not have to notify IBM when you allocate resources.
You can assign Mobile CoD resources to partitions in the same manner as you assign permanent resources to partitions. Mobile CoD resources remain on a server until you remove them from that server. Mobile CoD resources do not expire in the same manner as On/Off CoD resources or Trial CoD resources do.
It is easy to move Mobile CoD resources from one server to another when migrating partitions. You can remove Mobile CoD resources from a server and add them to another server, when the resources are still being used on the server from which they were removed. This action allows the processor and memory resources of the migrating partition to exist both on the source and destination servers, and be used by both the servers at the same time, until the migration is complete.
Each Power Enterprise Pool has a master HMC.
Initially, the HMC that you use to create the pool is set as the master HMC of the pool. It is preferred that you configure a backup master HMC for a pool when you create the pool. The backup master HMC must manage all of the servers in the pool. Configuring a backup master HMC for a pool allows you to easily set the backup master HMC as the new master HMC for the pool if the current master HMC becomes unavailable.
The master HMC for a Power Enterprise Pool maintains a history log of the Mobile CoD resource usage in the pool. Other Power Enterprise Pool related events that have occurred are also recorded in this history log.
A single Hardware Management Console (HMC) must be selected as the master HMC for a Power® Enterprise Pool. The HMC that is used to create a Power Enterprise Pool is initially set as the master HMC of that pool. A redundant HMC can be configured as a backup. You can set a new master HMC for a pool at any time.
All Power Enterprise Pool change operations can be performed only by the master HMC for the pool.
To perform a recovery operation after a clean installation of the HMC, run the following HMC command in a restricted shell terminal:
chcodpool -o recover -p <pool name> -f<configuration file name>
For more information, run the man chcodpool command in a restricted shell terminal on the HMC to view the online help.
The configuration file is a signed XML file that contains the required information to configure a Power® Enterprise Pool.
The latest configuration file for a Power Enterprise Pool is available on the Capacity on Demand (CoD) website
Adding or removing a system from an established Power Enterprise Pool requires notification to IBM.
An updated addendum must be submitted to the Power Systems™ CoD project office (firstname.lastname@example.org) to add or remove systems from Power Enterprise Pool. When the update is processed, a new pool configuration file is posted on the CoD website.
Before you remove the systems from a pool, all assets (including Mobile CoD resources) that were originally purchased with the system must be returned to that same system serial number. Mobile assets that belong to a system might qualify for transfer to another system serial number depending on normal qualifying guidelines and, if possible, require more administrative action.
Systems that are removed from a pool can join another pool and contribute Mobile CoD resources to the new pool and use Mobile CoD resources of other systems. Mobile CoD resources require a pool ID to be recognized.
As a result of authorized participation in a Power Enterprise Pools offering, you are authorized to temporarily transfer entitlements for authorized use of each Eligible Program from a Power Systems server that is participating in the pool to another Power Systems server that is also participating in the pool. You must not exceed the maximum number of software licenses within the pool for any specific software agreement.
Within each Power Enterprise Pool, all participating systems must either be serviced by IBM under warranty or an IBM maintenance service agreement, or not be serviced by IBM. In addition, each eligible program that is entitled for IBM software maintenance (SWMA) on one or more systems that are participating in the pool must also have a valid SWMA agreement on every participating system in the pool that eligible program will execute on.